Tonight I was checking my email and I a new message from Clicker.com. It seems I have 5 beta invites I can share. I thought cool… What is Clicker again? This isn’t the first time I’ve received that latest news about a Application or Service and found myself scratching my head trying to remember what the service was and when I signed up for it. I seem to sign up for every beta I see, regardless of need or something real interest. I could be just surfing along see some information about a new website or application that has a free beta and the next thing I know I’m signing up for it. It’s new, it’s exclusive, I want in. That’s all that seems to mater.
Sometimes this works out really well. I signed up to both Ping.FM and Digsby without thinking about it and both I now use everyday. But others like Hellotxt and Robo.to I can’t remember the last time I logged into, let alone used the services. I must have hundreds of accounts scattered around the web on different services. Most of them I’ve forgotten about, or have forgetting the username/password combo I used when I signed up.
Just last week I found myself creating an account on cliqset.com and my primary username was taken so I looked up the profile of the user who had it. Sure enough I had signed up for it the week before. It was then that I knew I had a problem. So over the last week I have been trying to think of what a solution to that problem might be. All I have come up with are 2 Questions;
- Why do I sign up to so many online sites?
- Now that I know I have a problem what do I do about it?
As I write this I don’t have the answers, and I’m not even sure they are the right questions. Stay tuned for a a follow up in the next couple of days.